It’s a Monday night showdown as the Chiefs are desperately trying to get back on track after dropping to 3-4 on the season with the loss to Tennessee last week. Meanwhile, the Giants are coming off of one of their more impressive performances but will they be up to the challenge of beating the Chiefs this week?
New York Giants vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Monday, November 1, 2021 – 8:15 PM ET at Arrowhead Stadium
The Giants are mired in the muck of the NFC East along with Washington and Philadelphia, all sharing identical 2-5 records. At the top, the Dallas Cowboys are cruising to a division title with a 5-1 mark but there is still much football left to be played.
Last week, the Giants gave their fans something to cheer about when they handed the Panthers a 25-3 loss in front of an appreciative home crowd. In that game, the Panthers drew first blood with a 45-yard field goal in the first quarter but after that, it was all New York. Daniel Jones had a solid game with one touchdown pass to Dante Pettis and connected on 23-of-33 passes for 203 yards.
Daniel Jones remarked after the game, “Yeah, I think that’s an important win for us. You know, we’ve had some tough games and some close games, but you know, we believe in who we are as a team, and what we’re doing as a team and where we’re going.”
It was an impressive victory considering that Kenny Golladay (knee), Sterling Shepard (hamstring), Kadarius Toney (ankle), and Saquon Barkley (ankle) were all sidelined. The injury report is still hazy, as of this writing, as to whether one or all of these wounded warriors will play on Monday night
Chiefs Offense Short-Circuited
Those who decided to include the Chiefs in their NFL picks last week had to be shaking their heads as Patrick Mahomes and the vaunted Chiefs’ offense was paralyzed for the first time in a long-time. The Titans’ defense had plenty of answers to whatever riddles the Chiefs’ offense posed and it resulted in a stunning 27-3 Tennessee victory.
Mahomes was held to 206 passing yards and an interception while his counter-number, Ryan Tannehill, tossed for 270 yards, passed for and ran for a touchdown, and had a pick of his own. The Titans scored on their first five series of plays and led 27-0 at the half. Kansas City was the only team to score in the second half, a 42-yard field goal off the foot of Harrison Butker.
“They made more plays than what we did, particularly on the first few series there,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I’ve seen our guys do it and make the plays. We’re just not doing it right now.”
Wanna Make a Bet?
The NFL odds on this Monday night matchup show the Chiefs as 9.5 point home favorites across the board, down half-a-point from the opener. Patrick Mahomes is having an uncharacteristically underwhelming season, having tossed interceptions in six consecutive games and a total of nine so far this season. Consider that when noting that he had 11 combined picks over the 2019 and 2020 campaigns.
Unless you think Mahomes is suddenly a bum and will never get right, this could be a perfect opportunity to bet the Chiefs. The line is relatively short for a team that is still looked upon as being one of the major contenders for the AFC Championship, playing against a team in the Giants that might not win two more games this season.
Last week the Chiefs’ defense was focused solely on containing Derrick henry, which they did to a good degree, but it allowed some of the Titans receivers to roam a bit freer than they ordinarily would. Without Saquon Barkley, there will be no such scrutiny on the Giants rushing attack which means the KC pass rush can square up and attack Jones.
I don’t see the Giants defense being able to squelch Mahomes and his assortment of weapons as they did against Sam Darnold and the Panthers last week. The Chiefs need to rebound with an enormous effort and they have the talent to do just that. Let’s lay it and like it with the Chiefs on Monday night.
NFL Pick: Chiefs -9.5 (-110) at Bet365